Glad the bug doesn't seem to be taking hold, Joanie!
Re the green bell peppers - they are unripe versions of the other colors. That is why you sometimes see green peppers with a red blush (just turning ripe), or red peppers with a green blush (not quite done ripening yet). Yes, the green ones are bitter when cooked stuffed - that is why old cookbooks advised blanching and draining them first. Ever since I discovered the red/yellow/orange peppers were tasty (I used to think they were moooooonstrously big hot peppers), I have not purchased another green bell pepper.
Re the wife vs career model for women: I once read an article that said the government/ruling powers mostly decided where women should be, and that depended on what was happening at the time. One of their examples: the US entered WWII, so out came an ad campaign for Rosie the Riveter because many of our men were out on the front, leaving a dearth of industrial workers. Once those (male) soldiers all came home and needed jobs, it was back to the hearth we were supposed to go. Dunno if they are right, but it gave me something to think about.
F*** you money - I agree. Completely. I have been making this point to my oldest daughters recently - don't put yourself in a position of powerlessness and/or minimal choices just for a husband, especially if you live a traditional, SAHM life as I do. Harsh, even though I am happy and stable here in my marriage, but I can see the wisdom in those words. It doesn't mean there is no trust - it is a realization that sometimes Life can kick you so hard in the ass that it leaves boot prints, and the money is for those times.
I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC